I don't think the "old" ones are legit photos - IIRC, there wasn't an E60 without AngelEyes. And I do prefer the "new" ones much more, the front end with AngelEyes has a lot more character, and fits the overall shape of the E60 more. The rear end is nicer too, and I don't see how there is that much difference i the amount of details. The one in the "old" pics looks very chav too.
Of course we can discuss whether the E60 or E39 M5's are nicer, but a solution "in between" isn't a good idea IMHO.
That's what I call lipstick on a pig.
I like the new one better, it actually feels mascular.
And Bangle ruins yet another design, or is it someone else these days?
I like BMW's new styling direction. The cars look far more interesting now, and somewhat more worthy of the massive cost. Besides-- between these 2 pics there is not enough difference for one to be an eyesore and one to be gorgeous.
I like the new design better. As far as BMW is concerned, part of the premium paid is for a more distinctive styling. Since almost everyone else tries to copy from them, they are doing what they need to stay a step ahead.
Actually none of them are "Bangle" designs, he was just put in charge of putting together a team of designers to change BMW's design theme to create a bigger difference between each series to try and help sagging BMW sales in which he did such a brilliant job that he got promoted.Originally Posted by fp115
I will be the first to admit that I initially hated the "Bangle" BMW's but realized most of that was because they just don't photograph very well in my opinion. Once I started seeing them on the road I started to form a different opinon. The real clincher was seeing a new 3 and 5 series parked right next to the previous gen. After seeing that I was sold.
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i agree, I don't like the new look as much as the former. the former looks more muscular, more stealthy, and more aerodynamic. the new one looks like a taller car with a higher profile and has suv-like styling cues in the arches, front clip, etc. from these pictures, but it may just be the angles of the shots of the cars shown.
But I still like the former better.
I have ridden in a new M5 and it may not look pretty, but it sounds Beautiful!
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You're right, that's the actual E39 - and it was a truly superb design, maybe the best in its class in the 1990s - but now it just DOES look old (and I am a fan of old BMW designs, I'd love an E30) and it's good BMW could reinvent itself without taking its cars and putting them through manga-weirdomatic like out good old friend Mercedes (I used to play with PhotoShop when I was much younger and do such stuff to photos of people I didn't like). That said, of the E39, I prefer the non-riced-up versions to the M, inthe case of the current model I actually do like the M more.
I like the old M5 design better, but there is not much of an diffrence design wise between the E39 base models , and the E39 M5.
The E60 looks better in person though.
I must suggest to the author of the thread and all those who agreed with him, to quit smoking cannabis and put the crack pipe down. Looks my be subjective, but the new M5 is NOT "De-evolution" of design. The M5 E60 is a masterpiece.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING OF "BAD" BMW M5. THEY ALL HAVE BEEN ASTONISHING CARS. ONE BETTER THAN ANOTHER.
Besides, if the normal M5 is not good enough for you. There always will be good old Alpina to satisfy your greed. But hey! Didn't Gordon Gekko once said that "Greed is good"? I would not mind the Alpina B5.
And don't forget Hartge.
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